06/26/06 4:25 PM ET
Reyes earns weekly honor again
Shortstop hits .613 en route to National League award
By Kevin Yanik / MLB.com
The Bank of America award for the week of June 19-25 belongs solely to Reyes, who shared the National League honor last week with teammate David Wright.
For the second week in a row, Reyes looked great at the plate. He batted .613 (19-for-31), scored 12 runs, hit two home runs, had three RBIs and stole four bases.
Not bad for an encore, considering he hit .500 the week before.
"Reyes is a spark plug for us," said Wright, who also was considered for the Player of the Week award again this week. "It's fun to play next to him with his great defense, and when he gets things going at the beginning of innings like that, it can only help everyone else."
Reyes began two games this past week with home runs. He led off Sunday's game against Blue Jays right-hander Josh Towers with a solo homer. The same thing happened on Wednesday, when he homered off Reds righty Joe Mays to start the game.
The first-inning homer off Mays was indeed special, but the three hits -- triple, double, single -- Reyes stroked later in the game made it one of the most memorable performances of his Major League career.
The downside of his first career cycle was that it came in a 6-5 loss at Shea Stadium.
"Of course, you want to have the team win, and that's the most important thing, but I still think this is pretty special," said Reyes, who was the first Mets player to hit for the cycle since Eric Valent on July 29, 2004. "And, yes, this is definitely my best game ever."
Lately, each game seems better than the previous one for Reyes, who became the first Mets player to be named Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks since left-hander Jesse Orosco in 1983. Reyes has hit in 13 consecutive games, and he's batted .510 (32-for-63) over that span.
When the streak began on June 13, Reyes was hitting .246. Now, he has a .302 mark, his highest average since April 15.
"I'd love to hit .300," said Reyes, whose Mets went 4-3 this past week. "It's a big thing. ... I don't know how I got hot. You don't think about it when you are hot -- you swing, just swing. It's fun."
Reyes is swinging better over the last month partly because of a little advice manager Willie Randolph offered.
"[Randolph] wanted me to be aggressive early in the count, and that's what I've been doing," Reyes said. "I've been looking for fastballs early, and I've been feeling really comfortable at the plate."
He looks comfortable on the basepaths and in the field, as well. The four steals Reyes added to his ledger last week increased his big-league lead to 34. He's also motored his way completely around the basepaths 67 times for the most runs in the Majors.
"I remember when I had that speed when I was his age," said Mets infielder Jose Valentin, who also received some consideration for the award with a .455 average, two homers and four RBIs last week. "He's incredible to play beside in the field. He does things with such ease, but with such intensity that you can't help but appreciate. Then, when you watch him fly around the basepaths, it's just something to watch and admire. He's one of the best in the game."
Kevin Yanik is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.